The Mayor’s Fitness Council of San Antonio is proud to release our 2021 Annual Report. We invite you to take time to scroll through our virtual report and see how we’re working towards a healthier, more active San Antonio.
Message from Mayor Ron Nirenberg:
Despite the challenges brought forth by the COVID-19 pandemic, San Antonians have pushed forward and focused on recovery. This also applies to the folks who make up the Mayor’s Fitness Council and our student ambassadors. Members of the council participated in the city’s COVID-19 recovery efforts through the Metropolitan Health District’s Community Response and Equity Coalition. (CREC), and the council’s community committee also created a partnership directory for community members to collaborate on initiatives for a healthier, more active city. A mental wellness resource guide was also created by the MFC in partnership with Humana and KLRN PBS, which will serve as a valued resource for Bexar County School Districts.
This year, we also saw the return of Siclovía, our signature family-friendly event that encourages residents and visitors to get out, get active, and explore their city through car-free streets. Amid uncertainty, residents came together in a time of great need and took to the outdoors more than ever. San Antonio was awarded the 2021 It’s Time Texas Community Challenge prize in the metro category, beating out cities like Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, El Paso, and Corpus Christi. I want to continue to encourage our residents to get moving and explore San Antonio. There are ample opportunities to engage outdoors, such as exploring our greenway trails system, visiting the Phil Hardberger Land Bridge, and participating in a diverse selection of Fitness in the Park classes hosted by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Our Student Ambassador Program secured additional funding thanks to a heartfelt donation of $75,000 dollars made by community philanthropist Jean Cheever. The program is poised to continue far into the future thanks to this unprecedented gift. We thank Jean for her dedication and investment in our future leaders.
I also want to take this opportunity to recognize Mandy Tyler for her leadership as Full Council Chair these past two years and give a shout-out to Eric Cooper for his tenure as Immediate Past Chair. I am happy to welcome Liesien Benet as our new Full Council Chair, who will work with our MFC members to continue engaging our community. Remember, the work does not stop now. Thanks, San Antonio. We’re in this together!
Mayor Ron Nirenberg